Originally posted on the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America website.
Archpriest Joseph Purpura, Department of Youth Chairman, reports:
For several years Fr. Patrick Kinder has served the youth of the Diocese of Toledo exceptionally well. We are very grateful to Fr. Patrick for his good work. We pray that the next six months, in which Bishop Anthony has granted Fr. Patrick a sabbatical period of rest, are very fruitful ones.
With the blessing of Bishop Anthony, Fr. Mousa Haddad of Palos Heights, IL, has been appointed as the new Spiritual Advisor for SOYO for the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. I ask that you give him your full cooperation. Please pray for both of them.
Father Mousa Haddad is the pastor of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL, Chicago’s southwest suburb. Father Mousa was born the eldest of four children. His parents immigrated to the United States from Jordan, making Chicago’s southwest side their new home. Growing up, he was very involved in the Church, serving in the holy altar from a very young age.
Father attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, he was very active in the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). It was during an OCF mission trip to Raphael House in San Francisco that he met his future wife Delia. In the summer of 2003, upon graduating from the University of Illinois, Fr. Mousa returned to Chicago to marry Delia. In the summer of 2004, they moved to New York to attend St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary. It was while they were in New York that God blessed them with two beautiful boys, Anthony and Philip.
Upon completion of his first year of studies, Fr. Mousa was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on June 26, 2005, and to the Holy Priesthood on March 26, 2006. Throughout his three year stay at St. Vladimir’s, Fr. Mousa was attached to the Church of the Virgin Mary in Yonkers, NY. Upon graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in May 2007, Fr. Mousa was assigned by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory as the pastor of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL, returning to his hometown of Chicago, where he has been serving since.